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Civil Division

The Civil Division consists of skilled litigators and legal support staff dedicated to the mission of representing the interests of the United States and its agencies in all civil litigation. With the vibrant city of Atlanta at its hub, the Northern District of Georgia handles a wide range of challenging civil litigation.

Affirmative Civil Enforcement or “ACE”

Drawing private whistleblower or “qui tam” filings from across the country, the Civil Division’s ACE section has a national reputation for investigating and prosecuting large-scale and sophisticated fraud schemes. ACE pursues nationwide fraud schemes, particularly in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, bank and mortgage industries, as well as procurement fraud, grant fraud, and efforts to raid various stimulus and economic recovery assistance programs. With particular expertise in dismantling schemes involving violations of the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark law, and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, ACE is at the forefront in developing and initiating affirmative cases that take down schemes to exploit federal funding and healthcare programs.

General Defensive Litigation

The defensive practice of the Civil Division intersects with the real-life issues and disputes of a large district with a centralized urban core and the smaller communities that surround it, not to mention the presence of virtually all federal agencies and law enforcement entities including a Veterans Administration hospital, a U.S. Penitentiary and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Primary areas of practice are tort cases, including medical malpractice and Constitutional tort cases, employment and immigration. Other areas of practice include judicial review of administrative findings, the Freedom of Information Act, bankruptcy, and social security. The Assistant U.S. Attorneys handling the defensive practice enjoy significant responsibilities unique to representation of federal interests in litigation with immediate impact on the community.    

Civil Rights Unit

Investigating the accessibility of public transit, courthouses, or local eating establishments for persons with disabilities or monitoring a voting site on election day are just some examples of the work pursued by the Civil Division’s Civil Rights Unit. The Civil Division enforces civil federal civil rights statutes, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act, as well as laws that protect servicemembers’ rights and religious freedom; and other federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the Department of Justice.

Asset Investigation and Recovery or “AIR”

Newly named in 2021 to reflect its core mission, AIR is responsible for asset investigation; enforcement of judgments, including restitution for victims of crime; collection of debts owed the United States; and protection of the interests of the United States in bankruptcy proceedings. AIR seeks opportunities to maximize recovery through fair but tenacious collection efforts, particularly to make victims whole.

Updated June 28, 2021

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